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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you work within my budget? 
Typically our client's wedding budget starts at a minimum of +$25K. That does not mean every wedding is the same. There are so many different variables. If you have a certain budget in mind, I will do my absolute best to keep you within your price range. Before planning events I was an auditor and received my bachelors degree in accounting, so I can create a budget analysis that gives you a better idea on your budget projection.

Do you offer day-of coordination?
Day of coordination in my eyes simply does not exist. There are so many pieces to the puzzle I need to understand prior to the event and communicate with your vendor team before I’m involved in a project someone else has planned. I provide event management, which is a similar concept except for the fact that I will be guiding you the last few months of your event planning process. Likely, you haven’t planning a huge event like this before, so I like to make sure all your ducks are in a row. This is to ensure everything you have planned is all squared away before the big day. Then, day-of my team and I will execute the plans from set up to tear down.

How involved will I be in the planning process?
I am very adaptable with various personalities. If you are someone who is Type-A, I completely understand as I am too. I want my couples to feel as involved as they want to be. All clients will make the final decisions, but if you want full control I respect that which is why I offer event management as a service.

What experience can I expect throughout the planning process? 
Each client is welcomed with a welcome package that will breakdown the planning process and expectations while working with me. Each client will have access to their own client portal. In the client portal they will have their own copy of any invoices, contracts, email communication, questionnaires, to-do lists, etc. I love having an all in one place my clients can go to where they’ll know any items or decisions that are due soon and feel in control and at ease with this whole process.

What can I expect from you on the day of my event?
We will be there early to help set up, communicate with vendors, mindfully sticking to the timeline, and be there all the way until tear down. Each member will have different shift times to ensure we are there from beginning to end. My team and I are there for 12 hours of the event. Should you need us for an extended period of time, client will be billed for those additional hours.

How many events do you take on per year? 
Since I am a one woman show, I want to ensure I am giving my client my undivided attention and to be there when they need me. I will not take more than 15-20 events per year. I value quality over quantity, so customizing your client experience is very important to me.
 
Do you do destination events (if applicable)? 
Yes, I am willing to travel wherever my laptop takes me.

How many planners are on your team?
Throughout the planning process it is solely me, but on the day of your event I hire assistants. My ratio is 1 assistant per 50 guests.

Do you have a preferred vendor list? 
Yes, in order for vendors to remain on my vendor list they will need to have worked with me on previous events. I look for key elements such as communication, quality of product/service, customer service, ethics, integrity, professionalism, and punctuality.

How much experience do you have?
I’ve always wanted to plan events since I was 12, but 2017 was the year when I gave it my all into seeing this was a true passion. That year I met with David Tutera, celebrity wedding planner and designer, whom I’ve always looked up to. I learned from him at his event symposium and the year after won the chance to work with him at a future event of my choice. A few months later was offered a job to be his assistant event planner and worked on his wedding TV show, My Great Big Live Wedding. It felt like a dream come true, but after a while I felt that I wanted to broaden my network and work with other professionals in the industry. Today I have worked with an array of event professionals, taken multiple certified event planning classes, and participated in multiple conferences. I always strive to be the best I can be for my clients.




Are you vaccinated?
Yes.

What is your rescheduling policy?
If for any reason clients reschedule the event more than 60 days before the event date, excluding Force Majeure Events, and I am able to rebook the original wedding date for the full fee any amount above that fee, Clients will receive credit for all monies already paid. Rescheduling Notice must be made in writing, signed by the Clients, and sent via email to jess@notjessaplanner.com. Retainer credit may be applied to Planner’s services within one year (12 months) of original date, provided Planner is available. In the event Planner is not able to rebook the original wedding date under this Agreement, Clients forfeit the retainer in full. If Clients fail to supply written rescheduling notification 60 days before the event date, Clients shall be required to pay the full balance due.

Are you planning any micro or intimate weddings right now?
Yes, I do have an intimate wedding package available for a maximum guest count of 30. Please inquire for details. 

What is your protocol during COVID? 
All vendors including my team are required to wear masks in ensure the safety of everyone’s health. Depending on the date of your event, the CDC guidelines and location of event, guests may be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing. 

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